Smoke began pouring out of a suitcase at Logan airport Saturday when it was getting screened by security personnel.
The incident led to the evacuation of a checked baggage screening room for nearly an hour, as Massport Fire & Rescue and a state police bomb unit investigated the cause, according to the Transportation Security Administration.
It turned out a lithium battery in an e-cigarette caught fire, officials said.
When @TSA comes across a smoking suitcase, it’s always suspicious. This checked bag resulted in the evacuation of the checked baggage screening room at @BostonLogan until officials could ensure that it was safe. What caused the scare? An e-cigarette’s lithium battery. pic.twitter.com/taptFJRqqS
— TSAmedia_LisaF (@TSAmedia_LisaF) November 28, 2018
The suitcase’s owner’s flight to Kansas City was delayed while authorities resolved the matter.
“TSA is focused on ensuring that nothing catastrophic occurs on an airplane, and so of course a suitcase that has smoke emitting from it is definitely suspicious,” TSA said.